The crowd at Kroger Field and the rest of the Big Blue Nation watching on the SEC Network alternate channel saw Terry Wilson go down. The nervous anxiety that it wasn’t looking good soon turned to confirmation of everyone’s worst fears when he made no attempt to get up.
He had suffered a torn patellar tendon. Your heart has to go out to Terry Touchdown. He had gotten a full season under his belt last year and was poised to make big strides in year two. Hopefully his recovery is successful and goes as smoothly as possible.
As most of us remember, Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran and the Kentucky football team found themselves in a similar predicament in 2016. Drew Barker was lost for the season in the second game of the season and Kentucky had to turn to JUCO transfer Stephen Johnson with an 0-2 record staring them right in the face.
Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw altered the identity of the offense from air attack to a ground heavy running game that centered around Boom Williams and Benny Snell with dashes of Jojo Kemp. Boom and Benny each topped the 1,000 yard mark. Kentucky went 7-3 down the stretch highlighted with a 41-38 win in Louisville over Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals.
On October 4, 2018 the Troy Trojans defeated the Georgia State Panthers (yep, the same Georgia State that just beat Tennessee in Knoxville). Troy’s starting quarterback, Kaleb Barker, was lost for the season to a knee injury. The backup quarterback stepping into the starting role for the remainder of the season was Sawyer Smith.
His first start was against Liberty and he went 5-2 down the stretch and helped Troy to a 10-3 season. He transferred to Kentucky and now finds himself in the same situation now that Wilson is lost for the year. His first start will be the SEC opener versus Florida. That’s definitely a daunting challenge but it won’t be as overwhelming as it usually would be because he’s been through it all before.
The Cats are in a tough spot. They will be written off by some fans and media members alike. The only thing they can do is band together, step up and look to continue to surprise people.